A CHRISTMAS CAROL WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE SUNG!
On Christmas Eve, a greedy old miser (Albert Finney) is suddenly visited by the ghost of his former partner (Alec Guinness) who tells him that three other spirits will haunt him during the night. A musical version of the Charles Dickens tale that stays close to the original story. Lavishly produced, with entertaining musical numbers and performances by Finney and the chain-rattling Guinness. Unfortunately, none of the songs stand out except for the deliciously macabre “Thank You Very Much”, and the bombastic finale (stuffed with reprises) is a tad overcooked.
1970-Britain. 118 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Ronald Neame. Screenplay, Songs: Leslie Bricusse (“Thank You Very Much”). Story: Charles Dickens (“A Christmas Carol”). Production Design: Terence Marsh. Cast: Albert Finney (Ebenezer Scrooge), Alec Guinness (Jacob Marley), Edith Evans (Ghost of Christmas Past), Kenneth More (Ghost of Christmas Present), Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin.
Trivia: Rex Harrison and Richard Harris were allegedly considered for the lead.
Golden Globe: Best Actor (Finney).